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Useful expressions of space in Russian For example:
- between *A* and "B"
- above/below *A*
- at the left/ at the right
- beyond (past)/behind *A*
- next to *A*
- in front of *A*
and others
If cases involved please mention them.
Aug 14, 2016 7:08 AM
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Oh, sorry. They go in the same order:

between A and B = между (Instr)
above/below - над/под (Instr)
at the left/ at the right = слева/справа [от (Gen)]
beyond (past)/behind *A* = за (Instr)
next to *A* = рядом c (Instr)
in front of *A* = перед (Instr)

Also I added
- two words somewhat similar to 'рядом'. They are really common.
- another use of "за":
в + Prep = in (location), в + Acc. = to, into (direction of movement)
на + Prep = on (location), на + Acc. = to, onto (direction)
за + Instr = behind (location), за + Acc = behind (direction)

- позади (Gen). Both adverb and preposition. Used less often than 'за' (which is Very common) and has a different shade. I need to think more to be sure in how are they different... But we have a problem:

позади, сзади, впереди, спереди, вперёд, назад,
наверху, сверху, снизу, выше/ниже, вверх/вниз, наверх
налево/направо, влево/вправо,
all need a detailed exmpanation:(((

Позади is "at a certain distance behind back/backside of something".

August 14, 2016

For "around" in the sense of "surrounding" we use "вокруг".

"[ходить] вокруг да около", an idiom referring to a person/people who "walks" around the main subject/topic (like when somebody hesitates to say directly what he/she needs.. or when instead of focusing on the main problem and solving it a group of people is discussing some related stuff) hints on close reation between these two:)

August 14, 2016

Между А(Instr) и Б(Instr)
над/под А(Instr)
слева/справа [от А(Gen)]

за А(Instr), позади А(Gen), позади от А(Gen).
за А(Acc) --> now it is direction of movement, not location: завернуть за угол.

возле А(gen), рядом c А (Instr), около А (gen).

рядом < ряд, 'row'. It can simpy mean 'near'. In this case it is rather close proximity, within reach. But if you speak a room next to another room it is the most natural word to use.
около literally is 'around', but means "near". Sometimes it is less close proximity, sometimes not. Somthing 'approximate' about it. Also it is often used when you aren't sure where, in which direction etc.
возле - yet another word. If each of these words imlies a certain 'radius' of search, I'd say in this case it is intermediate. But two words above just add additional shades, they aren't exactly about radii.

перед A(Instr). вдереди А(Gen)

August 14, 2016
they do not keep things "beyond the door" bacause beyond and behind are NOT the same thing. They have got a slight different meaning. So i was wondereing if russian had got such a thing as beyond. Anyway, nice answer, thank you!
August 14, 2016

Harry, Beyond can be trnaslated with different words in different contexts. Behind is nothing simple too.
"Позади" is certainly "behind", not 'beyond'. 'За' can be both.

But when it is simpy 'beyond those hills' or 'beyond the barn' or 'behind the barn' it is 'за'

behind the door = за дверью
за границей = abroad (beyon the border)
за забором = beyond the fence.
за гранью = over the edge. (kit. 'behind/beyond the edge').

for me these mean the same thing:/ THAT side of an obstacle/object/point.
Грабли лежат за сараем.:  we (observers) ---- the barn ---- the rake.
Мы спрятались за сараем: we (hiding) ---- the barn ---- others (observers).
As I understand, English speakers don't hide 'beyond' and don't keep things 'beyond the door'.

August 14, 2016
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